Most of us work sitting in-front of a computer all day. If you work in an office, you probably don’t walk to work and if you work from home you are probably less than 20 feet away from a fridge. Many of us make excuses for why we don’t eat healthy or work-out (myself included), and it’s really not excusable. There is no more time for excuses. Period.
Sure in this modern work environment, diet & health pitfalls are everywhere. Blame it on convenience food (easy to get & fun to eat), after-work drinks & social eating, kids requiring too much energy that you are just too exhausted at the end of the day, too many fun games to play/tv shows to watch… there is no time to fit in a shower much less exercise right? WRONG… these are excuses cause you know just as well as I do that you can MAKE time for ANYTHING you REALLY want in life!
It’s a Matter of How Bad You Want It…
Until recently, I made every excuse in the book for the past 4 years which including how I had 2 C-sections (scars have to heal – even though my youngest is almost 3), or my dad was too good of a cook (he’s a retired chef & makes my meals) or I don’t have time (running a business is hard!) or it’s not about exercise, I will just eat less (right, like that will work…ha!). So many excuses, I was tired of hearing myself so I started saying ‘I have no excuses…”.
So that’s it, no more excuses! I decided, after a Thanksgiving weekend of over-indulgence that I am ready to take charge of my own body once and for good. It is the one thing I have never been able to truly master, and I want to do this for myself. I had enough, and I am ready for change.
Are you ready to make a healthy lifestyle change?
You have to be ready first mentally. Before you can get yourself up and motivated, you need to get your mind right first. When you can’t live another day being a certain way, that is when change happens. (Thank you Dr.Phil) If you are not mentally prepared, you are very likely going to fail in anything that you do. It’s the truth… give it a week, maybe even two, but eventually old habits kick in and you will nestle back to your comfort zone and before you know it a year has went by and you can no longer wear cute designer jeans that you paid $400 for or worse yet, you look like a muffin. (Take it from me, I’ve been to both places!)
How to get mentally ready for change?
List your motivations of why you want a healthy kick in the butt. This is very important because if you can align WHY you are doing to WHAT you are doing, you are more likely to stay on track.
Some motivations may include something like:
No Shame in the Game
It’s really important to just be very honest with what your motivations are. Sure having more energy or living longer is fantastic reasons / motivators to lose weight but for me personally I just want to be the hottest CEO I can be and if I am *too unhealthy* I can’t fit the clothes I want to wear. Call it vain, whatever, but if it gets me moving, then it’s all good!
(Not proud, but not ashamed either) This quote works for me… As horrible as it is:
It’s not about being skinny, it’s about being healthy… yeah, yeah I get it! But having this on your fridge will definitely stop you from eating that cake, I promise you that! Whatever inspires you to stay on track, use it.
My Techie Lifestyle Plan in a Nutshell:
Be Kind to Yourself
Change your life one small step and one decision at a time. Always aim to be your best, and never settle for less than remarkable…especially when it comes to yourself!
Until next time, keep smiling…
mind – body – spirit – work – life – balance
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